Nick Gillespie

Nick Gillespie
Gillespie in 2013
Born Nicholas John Gillespie
(1963-08-07) August 7, 1963[1]
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Education B.A., Rutgers University
M.A., Temple University
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Occupation Journalist, political commentator

Nicholas John Gillespie (/ɡɪˈlɛspi/; born August 7, 1963)[1] is an American libertarian journalist who was editor-in-chief of Reason magazine from 2000 to 2008. He is currently an editor-at-large at Reason. He has written articles or been a commentator for a variety of media outlets.[2] Gillespie has edited one anthology, Choice: The Best of Reason, and co-authored one book, The Declaration of Independents.[3][4]

Life and career

Gillespie was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in New Jersey. His educational history includes a B.A. in English and psychology from Rutgers University and a M.A. in English from Temple University, as well as a Ph.D. in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.[5] He has two sons, Jack and Neal Gillespie.

Prior to joining Reason, Gillespie worked at a number of small trade magazines and other journalistic outlets. He worked for several years at Teen Machine magazine, where he interviewed celebrities and ghost-wrote an advice column for actress Alyssa Milano.[6]

In 2010, The Daily Beast named Gillespie number 18 on their list of "The Right's Top 25 Journalists".[7]

Gillespie shared the award for "Best Advocacy Journalism" at the 53rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards with Drew Carey and Paul Feine for their work "Reason Saves Cleveland."[8] He also received an honorable mention for "Best News Organization Website."[8]

In 2011, Gillespie published The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America with Reason editor-in-chief Matt Welch.[4]


  1. 1 2 Gillepsie, Nick (August 7, 2012). "My Birthday Wish: Please Reverse Engineer Obama's Awful "Events Registry" By Sending Him Gifts, Not Cash". Reason. Reason Foundation. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  2. "Rachel Maddow, Nick Gillespie Have Intense Argument On 'Real Time'". Huffington Post. 2012-06-23. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  3. "Who's Getting Your Vote?". Reason. November 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  4. 1 2 Veronique de Rugy (June 21, 2011). "'The Declaration of Independents'". National Review Online. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  5. "Staff: Nick Gillespie". Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  6. Hirschmann, David(2003-11-04) ,
  7. Varadarajan, Tunku (February 10, 2010). "The Right's Top 25 Journalists: 18. Nick Gillespie". The Daily Beast. Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
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